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Mental Health Awareness Month at Family First

Person handing out a green ribbon because May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Your teen’s mental health is one of the most important things for you to monitor. They might act out or cause problems, but those are likely stemming from situations or emotions they don’t know how to cope with. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a great opportunity for you to take some time to learn more about teen mental health and how you can support your kids.

Family First Adolescent Services is proud to support teen boys 13–18 and their families. Our teen mental health treatment programs help adolescents explore their emotions, past trauma, and life challenges while learning how to cope with them. Call 888.904.5947 to learn more.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health should be a focus every day, but May brings extra opportunities for individuals around the U.S. to spread awareness and support for those struggling with their mental health. By learning more and showing support, you can influence your family and help your teen feel more understood. This May, take time to:

  • Educate yourself – Understanding the signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions can help you recognize when your teen might be struggling. Research resources, read books or articles, and use trusted websites to learn more about mental health.
  • Advocate for others – Mental health affects everyone, so it’s important to advocate for those who may not have a voice. Speak up and spread awareness in your community, whether it be through social media or participating in events and fundraisers.
  • Fight stigma – Sadly, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health. This can prevent individuals from seeking help and lead to feelings of shame or isolation. By openly talking about mental health and normalizing it as a part of overall wellness, you can help break down these barriers.

By taking the initiative to engage with Mental Health Awareness Month initiatives, you show your teen that it’s an important part of life. They may feel more compelled to open up to you or support others.

Talking with Your Teen About Their Mental Health

It can be daunting to have a conversation with your teen about their mental health, especially if they’re already struggling. Here are some tips for creating a positive and open dialogue:

  • Listen without judgment – Let your teen know that you are there to listen and support them without judging or criticizing. Give them the space to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Be honest and open – Share your own experiences and struggles with mental health if you feel comfortable. This can help your teen feel less alone and more understood.
  • Validate their feelings – It’s important to acknowledge your teen’s emotions, even if you don’t fully understand them. Let them know that it’s okay to feel the way they do and that you are there for them.

Remember to check in with your teen regularly and let them know that their mental health is a top priority for you. Keeping open lines of communication can go a long way, even if your teen isn’t always receptive.

Connecting with Your Teen this Mental Health Awareness Month

Beyond talking, you can connect with your teen through activities and experiences that promote mental wellness. Here are a few ideas:

  • Exercise together – Physical activity is good not only for the body but also for the mind. Find an activity you both enjoy, such as hiking or yoga, and make it a regular habit.
  • Practice mindfulness – Mindfulness practices like meditation or deep breathing can help reduce stress and anxiety. Encourage your teen to try these techniques with you.
  • Establish a self-care routine – Show your teen the importance of self-care by setting an example. Take time each day to do something that brings you joy and encourages relaxation.

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the middle of spring, take advantage of the warmer weather and plan some outdoor activities with your teen. Spending quality time together and engaging in fun, healthy activities can strengthen your relationship while promoting positive mental health.

Call Family First Adolescent Services for Support

If your teen needs additional support, we’re here to help. Our residential treatment center in sunny South Florida offers a wide range of services that cater to the unique needs of teenage boys. Call 888.904.5947 or connect with us online to find out if we can help your teen.